I thought Thiago Alves looked a little too pleased with himself immediately after his fight with Rick Story ended. Turns out the guy thought he’d won the fight:
“It was a close fight but I truly believe I won the second and third round for sure, that why I was celebrating at the end of the round. But the judge didn’t think so, so… I was surprised; I knew it was close. The first round I knew he had [won] for sure,” he said.
“The second round I know I took him down and controlled him from top for a little bit and landed a few shots, the third round I just dominated. In my eyes [the fight] comes down to the third round – but I guess not. I just thought it was a bad decision.”
The second round saw Story doing more of what he did throughout the entire fight: backing Thiago Alves into the cage and forced him to spend his time warding off takedowns. That one takedown Thiago managed lasted all of 20 seconds before Story reversed out of it, and doesn’t make up for the three Story story landed. It’s true that Rick didn’t exactly do much other than that, but he did have Thiago stuck against the fence like he was handcuffed to it.
Alves made some improvements on his takedown defense, fighting off several and getting up quickly on others. Maybe his plan was to use the fence to help him stand again. If that’s the case, he needs to learn how to deal with wall and stall. Otherwise, may I recommend this helpful Judo Chop from Bloody Elbow on how to circle away from the freaking cage once in a while? Pinned to the mat or pinned to the fence, you aren’t going to win many rounds in the judges eyes.